Regina - On Wednesday night December 13, A West Wind Aviation ATR 42-300 crashed shortly after taking off from Fond-du-Lac Airport in Saskatchewan, Canada.
The 25 passengers on board all survived but some are seriously injured and requires Air Ambulance, says RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police).
The aircraft was scheduled to fly from Fond-du-Lac to Stony Rapids in the province of Saskatchewan, a short 20-minute flight. The turboprop crashed shortly after takeoff at 6:15 pm local time Wednesday, December 13th. The crash site is located less than one kilometer from the runway.
According to CBC News, which quotes the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the accident injured the 22 passengers and 3 crew members. All were evacuated in short. The condition of some wounded, however, required evacuation by helicopter.
The cause of the accident remains unknown. According to the authorities, there was no explosion or fire. Investigators from the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) are scheduled to arrive at the crash location Thursday morning, December 14.
According to Aviation Herald, the crashed ATR 42-300 registered as C-GWEA made its first flight in March 1991. West Wind Aviation received it in September 2012.
Founded in 1983, the West wind Aviation operates charter, cargo and scheduled flights in remote areas of Canada with a diversified fleet of propeller aircraft, including five ATR 42-300s.